School Implements Social Media Policy
June 30, 2011

What if you received a friend request from your teacher on Facebook? Would you accept or deny the request? Either decision you make may leave you feeling a little uncomfortable.  It is important for teachers to know where to draw the line and have an understanding of social media etiquette.

For most schools, social media sites have provided a positive interaction between teachers and students. Most teachers and students want to do the right thing; however, to protect schools from any legal repercussions, schools have developed social media policies. Providing teachers and students with a framework can make certain that a positive social media experience is possible.

Here are a few tips to make the implementation of the policy much easier and more effective:

  • Allow employees to participate in the drafting process- they will have the best idea of what should be in the policy.
  • Focus on what teachers and faculty can do and best practices for social networking rather than what they cannot do.
  • State that the policy applies to multi-media, social networking websites, blogs and wikis for both professional and personal use.
  • Remind teachers that Internet postings should not disclose any information that is confidential or proprietary to the school.

It is important to remember that the social media policy is a living document. It will need to be updated as technology changes and situations arise. It is also important to remember that social media tools can be an excellent learning tool to engage students to participate outside the classroom. These tools are not going away any time soon so a social media policy should be implemented to legally protect any damage that could hurt the school’s reputation.

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